In-house Testing for Legionella and Streptococcus Pneumoniae Urinary Antigens Offered

Effective Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in-house testing for Legionella and Streptococcus pneumoniae urinary antigens will be offered in the lab at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. These tests are currently being sent to a reference lab but by offering them in-house, we will improve both result turnaround time and relevant clinical outcomes when diagnosing community acquired pneumonia. In addition, testing for pneumococcal meningitis will be offered on CSF specimens. Specimen requirements remain the same, a standard urine collection container for urinary antigens and CSF collected according to standard procedures when testing for pneumococcal meningitis.

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